C Wiesenthal, PhD (Alberta), MA, BA (Hons) (Manitoba)

Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
4-09 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



My current research focuses on contemporary poetry, especially Canadian poetry and women's writing. I continue also to work in fields of life writing (with particular interests in biography, biographical form, cultural histories of life writing, and experimental auto/biographies) and creative writing pedagogy.


I regularly teach courses in nonfiction writing, from introductory to advanced and graduate levels. I also teach courses in contemporary Canadian literature and culture, women's writing, theory, and (sometimes) Victorian literature and culture.


ENGL 102 - Introduction to Critical Analysis

Introduces methods of critical analysis through a range of literature written in English, broadly conceived, from different historical periods and cultural locations. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English.

Winter Term 2022
WRITE 297 - Introduction to Writing Nonfiction

To increase the student's ability to write clear nonfiction prose. Models of prose style are central, combined with frequent practice in writing on the basis of such models. Prerequisite: *3 of junior English (or equivalent). Not to be taken by students with credit in WRITE 298.

Fall Term 2021
WRITE 498 - Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction

Prerequisite: WRITE 397 or WRITE 398 unless waived by Instructor.

Winter Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Professional Associations and Activities

I serve as a board member on the University of Alberta's Canadian Literature Centre, and a past board member of the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP). I am also a member of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP).


"Ad Verbum: Translation as Transportation and the (Running) Catullan Glossary in Anne Carson's Nox."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: Axon: A Journal of Creative Explorations
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: n.p
External Link: http://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-13/ad-verbum
"The 'Impossible Truth' of Writing Off the Subject: Anne Carson's Decreation Poetics and "The Glass Essay'."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: TEXT
Volume: 50
Issue: (Special Issue: Life Writing in Troubled Times)
Page Numbers: 1-10

"Nox, Unboxed: Anne Carson's Uncommon Long Verse 'Epitaph' (Or Economies of the Unlost)."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: University of Toronto Quarterly
Volume: Forthcoming fall/winter 2019-20

"'History's Absent Hand': Lessons in Modes of (Textual) Production from Gaetan Soucy's The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: Studies in Canadian Literature
Volume: 39
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 80-105

"Horses of the Ghost."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: LAKE: A Journal of Art and the Enivronment
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 53-69

"'The Marvellous Unknown of Another's Making': Aislinn Hunter's A Peepshow with Views of the Interior: Paratexts."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry
Volume: Forthcoming fall/winter 2019-20

"Material Culture and Creative Writing Pedagogy: A Case for 'Garbage Land' (in Real Time and Space)."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
Volume: 13
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1-14

"Salmonella" and "Staphylococcus"
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: The Malahat Review
Volume: 190
Issue: Spring 2015
Page Numbers: 26-28

"Teaching Creative Writing Through Material Culture; Or, Zooming in on the Elephant in the Room."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: The Writer's Chronicle
External Link: http://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/writers_chronicle_issue/onlineonlyexclusives
"Two Short Tales from a History of Telecommunications."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: Eighteen Bridges
Issue: Spring 2015
Page Numbers: 53

"Yersinia Pestis."
Author(s): Christine Wiesenthal
Publication: Prairie Fire
Volume: 37
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 51